Colchester English Study Centre, the Essex based English language school, is this year celebrating 40 years of operation and its newly acquired status as a CELTA training centre for English language teachers. The first CELTA course takes place at CESC next March, with two further courses in August and November 2010.
CESC was set up in 1969 by Oxford University Press as a testing ground for materials written by an OUP writing cell based in Colchester. At that time the English language courses offered were mainly specialized – English for business, aviation, medicine, technical trainees and teachers. General English courses and English for academic study were introduced in around 1980 and since that time the English language school has grown dramatically. CESC continues to offer English for special purposes, general and examination courses. It has been a test centre for the Cambridge main suite of examination and IELTS for 14 years and in 2009 became a TOEIC test centre.